CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Throughout her two years at the University of Charleston, the opponent's scouting report of LeAnne Ross has always been a simple one: shooter.
Ross, a redshirt junior, has been a consistent scorer for the Golden Eagles, especially from 3-point range, but UC Coach Adam Collins wanted more out of his sharpshooter.
That is exactly what Ross has worked hard to give Collins, and her all-around game will be on full display when the Golden Eagles open their season Friday against Johnson C. Smith University.
The game will be played at West Virginia State University at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the two-day Mountain East/CIAA challenge. The host Yellow Jackets and Chowan University are the other schools involved.
"She is making a push for being an all-conference player instead of a shooter," Collins said of Ross. "She is really working hard on taking her game to the next level.
"What we are hoping for is that she becomes a more complete player. She always has been a great shooter and an explosive scorer. She can put up points in a hurry."
Ross is well aware of the shooter label placed on her, but she understands what Collins needs from her.
"That was my only title," Ross said. "Every time I played, teams would be like, 'shooter, shooter, don't let her shoot.' Coach talked to me at the end of last season and told me what I needed to work on.
"All summer long, I worked on gaining weight, especially in muscle. I gained 20 pounds of muscle this summer. I came in way better conditioned. It really has helped me a lot."
Collins has certainly noticed the difference in the Marietta, Ohio native.
"She is stronger in the weight room, worked on her ball handling, rebounding, defense, and can score off the bounce," Collins said. "She's just not someone who is going to stand out there and make shots."
Ross was originally recruited by former UC Coach Sherry win and didn't waver on that commitment when Winn resigned and Collins took over the program.
"It was tough because Coach Winn was so great and I really wanted her for my entire career," Ross said. "It was unexpected and unpredictable and was really hard adjusting so quickly.